by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths
Here’s Hank. His mother is Jewish, but that’s all he knows. His wife and kids are not Jewish, and when the guys from the tefillin stand brought him over to me he was wearing a fancy silver cross around his neck! You can’t get much further away than that. Still, Hank is as much a Jew as any of us, and we have to do our best to help him. Our conversation went something like this:
“Hank, is G-d in Hell?” I asked.
“Well, I don’t know. But, doesn’t G-d have to be everywhere?” he answered.
“Then what are you doing wearing that cross? They teach that G-d is only in the good, but you know that G-d is everywhere!” I took the cross and tucked it in his shirt so it wouldn’t show, and I said, “Get rid of that thing. You don’t believe like they do. You know that G-d is everywhere.”
He said, “They gave it to me.”
“So get rid of it. King David said that G-d is even in Hell. They say that He is only in Heaven. Don’t follow them.”
I told him how important it is for him to teach his children that G-d is everywhere, so that they do not worship a false god. I explained that since he loves his children, that the best thing he can do for them is to teach them the Seven Commandments that G-d gave to Noah. “If they follow those seven laws, they will be righteous people and have wonderful lives.”
He seemed to have understood. Here’s a guy who came to the Kotel with a bunch of orthodox ch-ristains, thinking that he was one of them, and instead he discovered that he is actually a Jew, and that he doesn’t even believe like they do. Please G-d, he will follow up on what we talked about, and he will throw that foolish cross away.
Thank G-d for the opportunity to be standing there to meet at least a few of the “Hanks” in the world, and to try to salvage their spiritual lives.